It may be that salvation consists not in the cancelling of these eternal moments [in which our sins are forever before God] but the perfected humility that bears the shame forever, rejoicing in the occasion which it furnished to God’s compassion and glad that it should be common knowledge to the universe. [. . .] The joys of Heaven are, for most of us in our present condition, “an acquired taste”—and certain ways of life may render the taste impossible of acquisition. Perhaps the lost are those who dare not go to such a public place.

- The Problem of Pain
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